The player can give orders to selected groups of his tribe members for several purposes, including gathering food, befriending other tribes, and attacking other tribes.
The player can also purchase different items for his/her creatures, such as weapons and musical instruments. The player can also upgrade the main hut of their tribe by defeating other tribes, which can unlock new tools and clothing items for their tribe. When the player has conquered and/or allied the five other tribes, their tribe's totem pole is completed, and the player is able to advance to the Civilization Stage and begins interacting with the world via vehicles and cities.
A speech bubble will sometimes appear above a tribe member's head. Some pictures in them are:
In the very beginning of the Civilization Stage, small tribes can be found. If attacked, there are 3 possible outcomes. You can either loot money, the tribe attacks your vehicle (destroying it), or gives you a new vehicle. Nine of the tribes will turn into cities for you to capture.
In the Space Stage, there are many planets spread across the Galaxy that have Tribes on them. You can either leave them alone or destroy them. Unfortunately, you will not receive any reward from the Tribes, as you did in the Civilization Stage, nor will the Tribes attack you. If you get as close to the ground as you can with your spaceship and hover over them, however, they will see you and cower in fear before they all run away.
On your map, they are marked as small houses, and they are weaker and much smaller than colonies and cities. They can be destroyed by firing on the Main Hut with any suitably powerful weapon.
You can make them evolve by placing monoliths (which you can acquire in Space Stage).
- In Tribal Stage, each Tribe is almost always a different species to other tribes. However, in Civilization and Space Stage, all of the Tribes on a planet are of the same species.
- In Civilization Stage, when another nation destroys a tribe, an odd badge-like item with no symbol engraved on it will pop up.
- In Space Stage, if you drop a sapient species near a tribe, it will steal a weapon and start attacking the tribesmen, unless it has its own weapons (i.e. it is a captain creature from Spore Galactic Adventures).
- If the player (or any other creatures that are in the player's Tribal Stage) adds a baby, the creatures usually lay an egg within the hut, which rolls out of it and hatches almost instantly. However, in the Space Stage, the player can come across tribes from different planets. If observed carefully with the Hologram Scout, they will see two tribe members dancing at each other and go inside the hut. Next, hearts will appear to float out of it, and a baby will appear instead of an egg. It is unknown if the creatures on Tribal planets give live birth or really lay an egg, as it is uncertain of what they really do inside the hut.